1. Well first of all, what was it that got you into music?
I grew up with music in my house – my dad was in a band and always held practice in our basement. He taught private piano, guitar, and bass lessons too. I heard one of his students playing piano one day and really wanted to learn how to play like her. So, I asked him for piano lessons, he asked if I wanted him to teach me, or another teacher. I said him. And so it began…
2. Did your dad charge you? Haha. Ok well I saw Ellie Goulding was one of your favorites, what do you think is the biggest reason you like her?
Hahaha Dad didn’t charge me, but he definitely didn’t let it slide if I wasn’t practicing! Haha Ellie Goulding is just simply one of my favourite singers and writers. I love the atmosphere in her songs and the way her vocals are produced.
3. I know I’m very superstitious before anything I do, do you have any superstitions maybe before a concert or recording?
I used to always have sushi for dinner before shows, but other than that, my day-of show prep consists of coffee, practicing, and yoga. My recording sessions are so laissez-faire – as long as I’ve had coffee, and I have water and apple cider vinegar on hand if I’m feeling a little congested, I’m set and ready to go. :)
4. Usually I need about 2 cups of coffee before I can do anything in the morning so I feel you there. Are you working on anything now??
Haha ugh I used to go through multiple extra-shot venti Americanos from starbucks.
I just finished up a remix for a producer called Noel Sanger for his track ‘Never Let’ – it should be coming out on Nuevadeep soon.
I’m also working on a solo EP – it’s had to be on the backburner as of late because of some other projects going on, but I’m excited to get back to it – sort of a blend of NIN, Imogen Heap, Burial, and Hybrid. It’s indie, pop, electronica in one. Hoping to finish that up in the next couple months.
5. Thats awesome! I have to keep an eye out for it, your music is great. Just a couple more, what is the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Thank you! One of the best pieces of advice I got was from Stephen Croes, who was the dean of the Music Technology division at Berklee College of Music (my alma mater). He told me to ‘create something every day.’ The focus was not to worry about writing a full song every day, but to exercise the creative muscle every day, because you never know when and where you might be inspired by just a simple sound, or a melody, or a few words. Sure, you might end up creating a lot of BS, but you have a lot more ideas generated that could potentially be developed into great songs, etc. Even if I’m busy, I try to follow this advice by recording a melody into my phone as soon as get it, or I’ll spend an hour making drum sounds or synth patches. I keep a notebook handy for lyrical ideas.
The other equally important piece of advice I got was to keep a gratitude journal. Coincidentally, my sister gave me a beautiful notebook for my birthday two years ago. I dedicated that to writing 5 things every day for which I’m thankful. It has totally helped me be more positive about everything in life and focused on my own journey and progress, which I think is a struggle for a lot of creative types.
6. It’s so true. Ideas could pop up any time of the day. One last thing and for me this is the biggest question. My singing skills are limited to New York New York and Don’t Stop Believin’. If you’re ever in Hamden, CT or in New Jersey. (I don’t suggest either) Can I get singing lessons? Hahah